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May 2017

Welcome May! It's hard to believe it is already halfway through spring. The sun is shining, the grass is green and there is no shortage of exciting events taking place across Durham Region this month. Why not take advantage of the warmer temperatures, get out, and explore all our communities have to offer? This is also the month to celebrate that special someone in our lives -Mom. And Durham is the place to create memories with her all month long. To find out what's happening in your community this May, visit the  Durham Tourism events calendar .
What's on this month?
Celebrate Mom

Looking for something special to do with Mom this Mother's Day?
Stop by Parkwood National Historical Site on May 13 for the  Historic Millinery Show and Afternoon Tea . Explore the hat history of 20th century Oshawa, while celebrating mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, cousins and friends. Contact Parkwood for ticket details.
Join the Pickering Concert Band for A Mother's Day of Music  on May 14. This special musical celebration will feature an eclectic mix of s wing, Dixieland, jazz and rock hits. The Whitby Junior Brass Band will make a special guest appearance.
Visit Oshawa's Robert McLaughlin Gallery for OPG Second Sundays: Mother's Day Celebration on May 14 . Enjoy the gallery's popular Mother's Day celebration which includes diffused cards, embellished gift bags and an original artist print!
Durham Mountain Biking Association (DMBA)
DEMO Festival 

One of Ontario's largest mountain bike demo festivals returns to Uxbridge on May 6. The DMBA DEMO Festival features the latest bikes and gear from leading manufacturers and local  bike shops. There is fun for the whole family with Pancakes in the Forest and the Joyride 150 mini skills park. Admission to the festival is free; bike demos are $10.
Want to see more of Durham Region by bike this spring? Check out the Durham Cycle Tours map or download GPS co-ordinates from
Festivals galore

It's festival time in Clarington this month. Visit the annual Maplefest on May 6 in downtown Bowmanville. Arrive early and enjoy the famous pancake breakfast. Treat your taste buds to delicacies, such as maple donuts, cheese and fudge. Explore unique items from craft and food vendors. Admission and parking are free!

Dare2Dream Farm celebrates its grand reopening on May 6. Stop by the farm to explore the role and tools of beekeeping. See inside a live beehive or enjoy some of the available family friendly activities. Beehive tours will take place on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To reserve your spot, call 905-216-5113. 
On May 20, head over to Archibald's Estate Winery for the 2017 Honey Bee Orchard Festival . Join Farmer Fred and Betty Bee for a narrated walk through the orchard. Learn why it's so important to have bees in an apple orchard during blossom time! Discover how local beekeepers care for their bees and extract honey. Bring the whole family for a fun day. Tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Indoor and outdoor fun
in Whitby

On May 6 celebrate Whitby's heritage by participating in Doors Open 2017 ! Explore a number of historical locations in Brooklin and Whitby , many of which are not normally open to the public. Must-see stops along the way include: the Camp X Memorial, Trafalgar Castle and the Lusted Residence. This free event is a great day out to explore the community and discover Whitby's heritage.
Attention all foodies! The Rotary Club of Whitby's Food Truck Frenzy returns May 27 and 28. Visit more than 30 food trucks featuring international dishes and desserts. Event takes place at the Iroquois Sports Complex parking lot. Free parking available at Whitby GO Transit station.
Filmmakers... Catch the DRIFF!

Durham Tourism is excited to announce the third annual Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF), taking place September 18 to 24. Building on the success of previous events, this film festival will celebrate interesting films from around the world. 

Filmmakers are invited to join us in celebrating you, the artist. The festival's focus provides a platform to showcase your creative work, excite audiences and receive recognition for excellence in the arts.The goal is to give you the opportunity to build great relationships and a sense of pride as you connect with the audience. Creative workshops are available to help you hone your craft. Features, shorts, documentaries, animation, comedies and student film projects are all invited for submission. Trophies will be awarded to first place winners in eight categories and three monetary prizes will also be awarded. For more details and to submit your film visit: .
Deadlines for 2017 are as follows:
  • May 5 -- Regular deadline
  • May 21 -- Late deadline
Watch for more information on DRIFF in our September newsletter!
Back on track

Got a need for speed? Then don't miss the unofficial kick off to the summer racing season! Castrol presents the Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend, from
May 19 to 21
at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Catch the exciting on-track action with the NASCAR Pinty's Series and Pirelli World Challenge (all classes), a fireworks display on Saturday evening and more! Visit for ticket pricing.
Telling tales
Bookworm? Literary buff? Storyteller? If any of these terms describe you, then you may want to check out the literacy events taking place in Durham this month.
On May 8, the Cannington Historical Society welcomes Biographer and Historian Dr. R.B. Fleming, to speak about his book "General Stores of Ontario."
Like telling stories of your own? Come listen. Come tell. Catch the magic at the Durham Storytelling Gathering in Oshawa on May 18. Try your hand at storytelling, or find out more
about the Durham Folklore Storytellers, a forum for storytellers and those interested in the
oral tradition.
Jane's Walk Festival
The 11th annual Jane's Walk Festival returns to Durham Region the weekend of May 5 to 7. This one-of-a-kind festival is held in memory of the late Toronto activist and urbanist Jane Jacobs and features citizen-led walking tours that encourage participants to observe, reflect, share, question and collectively reimagine the places in which they live, work and play. 

Walk or cycle through one of six area municipalities and enjoy a range of fascinating walks telling the stories of our region, its history, its characters, and its challenges. No registration is required and all walks are free.  Visit for the full schedule and details.
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